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I found a screw on the inside aspect of my left rear tire, it was on the shoulder, I took it out and plugged it myself. Any thought on the stupidity or shear genius of doing that. I figure Ill never rotate that tire to the front.
 

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Re: Plugging a tire, thoughts! (kitkat)

In the contact area - liveable and should last.
On the shoulders or sidewall, throw the tire away - It'll eventually blow.
 

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Re: Plugging a tire, thoughts! (kitkat)

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I found a screw on the inside aspect of my left rear tire, it was on the shoulder, I took it out and plugged it myself. Any thought on the stupidity or shear genius of doing that. I figure Ill never rotate that tire to the front.

You should be safe.

I once plugged my 45 profile tire, which had a hole at the edge (where the flat surface meets with the sidewall). The tire was in the rear and I was able to put down about 5,000 and took it on many road trips with no issues.

....then I sold the car
 

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Re: Plugging a tire, thoughts! (ss60)

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In the contact area - liveable and should last.
On the shoulders or sidewall, throw the tire away - It'll eventually blow.

My thoughts exactly. I've plugged many tires and they last perfectly fine as long as it's in the contact zone of the tire.
 

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Re: Plugging a tire, thoughts! (ss60)

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In the contact area - liveable and should last.
On the shoulders or sidewall, throw the tire away - It'll eventually blow.

Agreed.
A tire should not be repaired unless the hole is in the tread area
 

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nowadays i can't find anyone who will plug a tire, they all want to use a patch on the inside. and i agree it's a better solution. especially if it's near the side. though it's recommended to change the tire for sidewall/shoulder damage.
 

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Quote, originally posted by kitkat »
it was right in the tread right wear the tread flattens to the side, at an angle.

That's called the "shoulder" and is subject to a lot of load when cornering. A plug or patch in this area is subject to blowout because of this stress. Therefore, two tires at a minimum (depending on tread depth differences).
 

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Re: Plugging a tire, thoughts! (petew)

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never repair a tire on a performance car

no exceptions

perfectly fine for all you Camry drivers.

Pete, usually I let you rant but this time you are not correct.

Michelin and Pirelli both have programs to train techs to repair tires that are Z, W and Y rated (not in sidewall of course) and for the tire to retain that rating.

Europeans are very not into throwing things away.

 

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Re: Plugging a tire, thoughts! (Needsdecaf)

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Pete, usually I let you rant but this time you are not correct.

Michelin and Pirelli both have programs to train techs to repair tires that are Z, W and Y rated (not in sidewall of course) and for the tire to retain that rating.

Europeans are very not into throwing things away.


+1. I've heard the same thing about Pirelli techs. Now here comes the... "but Pirelli's suck..."
 

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Re: Plugging a tire, thoughts! (T5 for Life)

OK most Pirellis suck
 

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Re: Plugging a tire, thoughts! (JRL)

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Agreed.
A tire should not be repaired unless the hole is in the tread area

The plug is only good if its within the contact patch due to the fact it needs to be in a steel belt reinforced area. my shop will never plug a tire if its even close to the sidewall...too much liability.
 

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Re: Plugging a tire, thoughts! (Needsdecaf)

Joe, I'd agree with you if you were correct.

What makes a performance car ?

handling

everthing else is wanking.

don't encourage these children to ignore the expense and maintainance of proper tires for their R...

...they seem to have plenty of cash to make their cars loud.
 

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Re: Plugging a tire, thoughts! (petew)

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never repair a tire on a performance car

no exceptions

Ah, this means that you would need to replace all 4 tires then. With AWD vehicles, isn't uniform tread wear on all tires important? Pls. comment on or dispell this recommendation from dealers. At any rate, this would certainly be more costly than fixing.
 
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